Rejuvenate Your Spirit by Journeying East to the Sistah Summit Retreat

Legacy Entertainment in association with Dreamwide Inc., will host its semi-annual women’s retreat, The Sistah Summit, to reenergize the spirits and minds of women of color throughout the nation. On Wednesday, November 5, attendees will start their 5-day quest by spending two days exploring the historical jewel of Savannah, GA. In the “nation’s most beautiful city,” attendees will recapture the memories that matter most while immersing themselves in an assortment of storytelling, dance and cultural activities. On Friday, November 7, attendees will travel to tranquil Daufuskie Island, SC for the remaining three days to unwind and restore balance.

The Summit’s empowerment workshops and stimulating activities are designed to encourage and inspire women to take time for spiritual renewal, fellowship and personal and professional development. In an intimate setting, attendees will have an opportunity to engage with leaders in business, health, social activism and personal topics. Special sessions will be led by inspirational speaker, Rev. Dr. Renita Weems, motivational speaker, Iyanla Vanzant and world-renowned author, Terry McMillan. These women warriors will share their personal stories of loss and triumph, sorrow and happiness and beckon busy women to stop and take time out for themselves. Plus, Weems will lead a stimulating dialogue for thinking women of color about the dawning of a new political landscape springing forth from this year’s presidential election.

“With todays hectic pace, women are faced with the tremendous challenge of balancing their work obligations with their personal responsibilities to family and their community,” said Rhonda Jackson, founder of Dreamwide, Inc. and creator of The Sistah Summit. “Now is the time for women to stop and take time out for themselves. The Sistah Summit provides a way for women to come out of the concrete of an urban setting and journey into the lush fields of God’s country for an opportunity to play, relax and unwind so they can return and tackle life’s challenges with a renewed vigor.” This journey of a lifetime could only take place in the historical and scenic coastal cities of Savannah and Daufuskie Island.

Rev. Dr. Renita Weems, Convening Speaker – Ordained as an elder in the Methodist tradition, Rev. Dr. Renita Weems has written about the waxing and waning of faith all believers endure on their spiritual journey. She is the author of several widelyacclaimed books on women’s spirituality and wholeness, including Just a Sister Away, I Asked for Intimacy, Showing Mary: How Women Can Share Prayers, Wisdom, and the Blessings of God and What Matters Most (Ten Passionate Lessons from the Song of Solomon. She is especially proud of her latest project, an online blog, Something Within ( blog/) which features commentary on faith, love, gender, justice and inner wisdom.

Iyanla Vanzant, Workshop Presenter – Hailed as “one of the country’s most influential African Americans” by Ebony Magazine, Iyanla Vanzant delivers a special brand of self-empowerment and inspiration. She appeared on the NBC Daytime Drama, Starting Over and her work includes workshops, lectures, television appearances, and best-selling books. Terry McMillan, Guest Speaker – Terry McMillan is the best-selling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Her millions of devoted fans treasure the humor, honesty and wit that she has infused throughout her eight novels. The hardcover release of Waiting to Exhale spent more than 38 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and the film sold out millions in theaters. Stella was met with critical acclaim and debuted at number one on the New York Times Bestseller list. Recently, she was heralded with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Essence Magazine. Currently, she is writing Getting to Happy, the sequel to Waiting to Exhale and working on a signature household line.

Registration – General registration for The Sistah Summit is $425 and is available through October 15. Register online at www.sistahsummit. com or call 1-800- 203-8219. Registration fee includes empowerment workshops, meals, cultural activities and evening entertainment.

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